Sep 27, 2020
In this episode we chat with
Koen Vessies, a Dutch chef and restauranteur who runs the Spanish
tapas restaurant ‘Tomatito’ in Shanghai. Koen shares his
fascinating story of becoming a chef, traveling and working around
the world in 7-star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants, and
serving celebrity figures in his Shanghai restaurant.
- Koen’s background - grew up in the Netherlands,
started working as a teenager and ended up learning from a top chef
in a local restaurant kitchen.
- Culinary school, shadowing Gordon Ramsey, and
getting an opportunity to work in one of the world’s most luxurious
hotels, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
- Hometown connections that led to Koen meeting
his wife, and how that took him to Paris to cook for a
Koen ended up in China 12 years ago, to a food and beverage scene
that was very undeveloped and ripe for experimentation.
- Drastic changes in the Shanghai F&B scene
over the past decade and the intense level of competition today,
and what is needed to survive in this cutthroat
- Rubbing shoulders with celebrities in his
Shanghai restaurant, and the time when Argentine footballer Carlos
Tevez came with his entire entourage.
- Koen’s passion for travel and exploring local
cuisine around the world, and how he implements those new ideas
into his cooking.
- Koen’s love for Chinese food, and why he thinks
Chinese food will become the next big global culinary
- Koen’s advice for prospective chefs and
restaurateurs who might consider plying their craft in
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